Lorenzo’s Oil and 8 Other Movies With Sick Children

Saturday, October 20 by Dan MacIntosh

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The movie "Lorenzo's Oil" stars Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte in a story where parents try to do what any good parents would do, which is try and save their son's life. Their son has a serious illness, which is the center story of this true-life drama. Movie's like "Brian's Song" and "Love Story" have told tales over the years about people facing terminal illnesses. Not all are based on true stories, but all nevertheless pull at your heartstrings. The following eight movies may or may not be drawn from the pages of history, but all concern parents facing their children's serious illnesses.

 

"My Sister's Keeper"

"My Sister's Keeper" concerns a character named Anna Fitzgerald that was conceived by en vitro fertilization in order to a genetic match for her older sister, Kate, who has acute promylocytic leukemia, for the purpose of keeping her alive. Talk about pressure! The movie's storyline features each of her family members telling their personal stories of how Kate's illness has impacted each of them. They all have deeply touching stories to tell, and every one of them has been changed forever by her unique sister.

 

"Extraordinary Measures"

"Extraordinary Measures" is based on a real life situation. Created by CBS films, it's a drama that follows one stressed father, John Crowley (Brendon Fraser), attempting to rescue his kids from an unusual, life-threatening genetic ailment. The disease is discovered right at the point that John is finally beginning to reach the top of the corporate ladder. His two children, Megan and Patrick, are discovered to have Pompe disease. It's a sickness that prevents the body from breaking down sugar.

 

"David's Mother"

This 1994 TV movie was directed by Robert Allan Ackerman. It stars Kirstie Alley who plays the dedicated mom doing her best to stay balanced while raising her autistic teenage son. Although this film was first shown on CBS in April of 1994, it was also shown around the world. While autism isn't a terminal illness in the sense that, say, cancer is, it's still difficult to deal with. Alley's character demonstrates the great patience it requires to raise an autistic child.

 

"Death Be Not Proud"

"Death Be Not Proud" is based on John Gunther's book based on the true story of his teenage son's brain tumor. Sadly, his son–played by Robby Benson in this film version–dies at the young age of seventeen. It all begins with the boy complaining of a stiff neck. This then leads to an operation where a tumor the size of a orange is discovered in the poor young man's brain.


"A Champion's Fight"

Inspired by Lurlene McDaniel's book, "Don't Die, My Love," "A Champion's Fight" is both a love story and a story about courage. Luke Muldenhower is in love with Julie Ellis, but their romantic story is interrupted by the young man's rare cancer diagnosis. The story is like a rollercoaster, in that he goes through chemotherapy to rid his body of this cancer, only to have a relapse. Sadly, many illnesses are a lot like Luke's where everything is fine one day, but dark and dreary the next.

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